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Across the state of Maine, the number of prescriptions for painkillers is dropping. But some patients who have chronic pain say they need high doses of the medication to be able to function. Fanatic Studio/Getty Images hide caption

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Intent On Reversing Its Opioid Epidemic, A State Limits Prescriptions

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Mayor Megan Barry shakes hands with Judge Richard Dinkins at her inauguration in 2015. Her son, Max Barry (center), died last month of a drug overdose, his parents said. Mayor Barry intends to use her platform to "inspire and encourage other parents out there." Tony Gonzalez/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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Nashville Mayor Mourns Son's Overdose Death, Urges Families To Talk About Addiction

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A test strip designed to help doctors check a patient's urine for fentanyl is being distributed in the Bronx to encourage users of heroin or other opioids to check what's in their syringe before they inject. Mary Harris/WNYC hide caption

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An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl

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Allyson and Eddie, clients at the AAC Needle Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program in Cambridge, Mass., say they carry naloxone and try to never use drugs alone to reduce the risk of overdosing. Robin Lubbock for WBUR hide caption

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Fentanyl Adds A New Terror For People Abusing Opioids

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A pair of studies show declines in opioid use by young people, including prescription use, intentional misuse and accidental poisonings. Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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Debbie Deagle holds a photo of her son Stephen and herself. Martha Bebinger/WBUR hide caption

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Organ Donations Spike In The Wake Of The Opioid Epidemic

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The State Crime Lab at the Ohio Attorney General's headquarters of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation displayed a variety of different types of heroin. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering A Few Of The People Behind Overdose Numbers In Ohio

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Bob Topmiller, chief of toxicology at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, holds a small vial containing carfentanil extracted from a sample of blood. Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

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First responders have found that standard doses of naloxone aren't always enough to counteract the powerful sedating effects of carfentanil. Ted Horowitz/Getty Images hide caption

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An Even Deadlier Opioid, Carfentanil, Is Hitting The Streets

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Diazepam, also known as Valium, is used to treat anxiety and insomnia. But when combined with opioids, it can suppress breathing and cause death. Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Tommy, a repeat patient at the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment in Boston, says the room has saved lives. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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In Boston's 'Safe Space,' Surprising Insights Into Drug Highs

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People in their mid-40s to mid-60s are more likely than any other group to be prescribed opioids with benzodiazepines. Both kinds of drugs can hamper breathing and mixing them is especially risky. Erwin Wodicka/iStock hide caption

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In Prince's Age Group, Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs

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Thousands of parents have lost sons and daughters across the country to an epidemic of accidental drug overdoses. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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When A Loved One Dies Of Overdose, What Happens To The Family?

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A "speedball" mix of heroin and cocaine has caused overdose deaths for decades. Today, high-risk blends may alternatively include heroin or opioid pain pills plus Klonopin, Clonidine, or Fentanyl. Marianne Williams Photography/Flickr RM/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts' Overdose Crisis

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